December 30 According to a report by Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, people familiar with the matter said on the 29th that the Japanese government has decided to suspend the special entry conditions for athletes and staff in countries and regions with mutant COVID-19.
According to sources, this policy will be implemented until the end of January 2021, which may affect athletes and staff planning to participate in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Japanese government has notified the Japanese Olympic Committee and other institutions that may be affected by the policy changes.
Due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan and the spread of mutant COVID-19, Japan suspended the entry of new people from all countries and regions from December 28 to the end of January 2021. At the same time, athletes from all over the world are also facing stricter restrictions.
Previously, athletes who obtained special entry permits could participate in training and competitions immediately upon arrival in Japan. But now, if they come from Belgium, Britain, France, Italy and South Africa, they must undergo a comprehensive 14-day quarantine.
According to the report, the new restrictive measures system is expected to delay the entry of the new coach of the Japanese women’s national ice hockey team.